Richard Bruggeman ran track for the Buckeyes from 1967-1970. He won the Big Ten 400-meter hurdle championship in 1968, finishing as the conference runner-up twice, and earned Indoor All-America status in 1970 in the 600-meter run. Bruggeman won the 400-meter hurdle championship at the 1972 AAU meet on his way to competing in the 1972 Olympics. A muscle injury hindered his 1972 Olympic run, but he continued to compete, making a trip to China in 1975 with USA Track and Field.
His lifetime best time in the 400-meter hurdles is 48.6, which was the fourth fastest time ever recorded at the time. He also owned the Ohio State 600-meter and indoor mile relay records. Bruggeman retired in 1976 to pursue a career in real estate.